Braham Equestrian team fine tunes for State show

The Equestrian team is a new fall team sport at Braham schools. It falls under an “Independent Provider” category which the girls were instrumental in getting passed through the school board last year.

The 2011 Braham High Equestrian team (Row 1, l-r): Miranda Wickman, Laura Parson, Kelsey Knapp, Katie Kelling, (Row 2) Jenna Rasmussen, Mariah Hill, Bobbie Johnson, Beth Johnson.

These girls work hard all year showing and taking care of their horses. The season runs from June until November with competitions in Braham, Cambridge, Rush City, North Branch, Princeton, Sandstone and Rutledge. The season ends with the Minnesota State Championship Show held at the State Fairgrounds in the Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum.

To qualify for this show, the members have to receive a 1st or 2nd place in a Western Saddle Club Association (WSCA) sanctioned horse show. The State show runs from Sept. 22-25 with over 6,000 entries. This is the largest all-breed horse show in the United States with horses coming from Canada, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota. There is no cost to attend; classes start at 7 a.m. and run until midnight.

Bomber equestrians competing at State this year are Bobbie Johnson, Jenna Rasmussen, Beth Johnson and Mariah Hill.